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On the Brink: Day 1 (10/27/11)?

Friday, October 28, 2011

You know how it feels when you are right on the edge?

You can feel yourself tipping closer and you wonder if you should stop where you are, turn around, or run full fledge off the side?

That's where I am right now.

On the Brink of SUCCESS. ( Forgive the dramatic build up. But I felt it necessary. LOL)
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There has been a steady build up of habits that I feel are getting me much closer to my goal. If I continue how I have been, soon I will have an arsenal of habits that make my weight loss close to effortless. Ok. That was an exaggeration but I am doing all that I can to make this a "Work SMARTER, not harder" operation. I am already busy. I work roughly 80 hours a week. I don't want to make things more complicated but I DO want success. I want what I want and I want it now.

So I just wanted to blog quickly and say, I feel like I'm on the Brink of a BREAKTHROUGH.

::Warning, a long RUN ON SENTENCE ahead... lol ::

I Joined the gym, have an exercise class that I love, I no longer (or rarely) eat past the point when I decide I've had enough, I'm again comfortable with leaving food on my plate and asking for a to-go box... even if people have negative comments, I feel hopeful about my ability to succeed, I can SEE myself reaching my goal, I can FEEL the clothes that I will wear when I can easily slip into the clothes patiently waiting for me in my closet, I can feel my clothes getting looser, I see the look in my eyes when I make a good decision that brings me closer to my goal, and MOST importantly... I have decided. And really, once I decide, it's as good as DONE.

So, feel free to come along for the ride OR just drop back in to congratulate me when it's done (LOL ok ok... that sounded cocky and I don't mean it like that, because I've been at this awhile
and haven't seen my goal yet... but I'm just saying, if you don't give up you don't lose... and I'm on a mission to enjoy this journey while (and until) I reach my end destination)

NOW... WHO'S WITH ME!? Let's make it happen. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LOSINGITNOW101 10/29/2011 2:11PM

    Go girl!!!! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 10/28/2011 10:02PM

    I am so with you!! Thats how I get sometimes too. I get close enough to taste it but then then I run scared in the other direction. I stopped that & I continue on this journey....

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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SGILBER6 10/28/2011 9:00PM

    Awesome, love this blog! I am on the brink of success too- I can feel it! Way to go!

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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 10/28/2011 3:44PM

    emoticon On your progress. Woo Hoo! Go Girl!

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DEREONGODDESS 10/28/2011 1:14PM

    I'm with you!!!..Your blogs are so motivating!..I've been reading your Random Tips "Reposted" blog daily and it's been such a motivator for me!..So emoticon you again for posting it!..It's helping me and I'm sure others as well!..

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SABLENESS 10/28/2011 12:24PM

    You are clearly aimed toward success! Take that next step, whatever it is, and take off! emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 10/28/2011 8:50AM

    I'm with ya!!! Working smarter, not harder is definitely something I can get behind...lol!!!!

You are doing great, keep it up and you'll exceed your goal in no time!!!

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MY Random Tips: Reposted- because I needed a reminder!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

GONABFIT's Random Tips for success:
(These are listed on my main page)

*These are really to remind me of what I am going to do to succeed!!! *
1. There is more than one way to judge success- I have not lost much weight. I am not at my goal... yet! BUT you know what there is more than one way to judge success! If you isolate your goal to only the scale you are sooooo likely to give up when you don't see the changes you want. If it takes me two years to reach my goal, will victory be any less sweet!? NOT IN MY OPINION! I will enjoy my goal weight WHENEVER I get it. and I will continue to work hard.
2. Focus more on your blessings than your disappointments- If you focus on the good in your life you will likely stay encouraged to keep going. Nothing good comes from focusing on negative things. Live, Learn, and move on!
3. Every decision brings you closer to or further from your goals- There is no single event that will bring you to your ultimate goal... so I am going to focus on each choice. Sleeping 8 hours brings me closer, pulling an all nighter leads me further from my goals. you get the point... :-)
4. Fiber, Fiber, Fiber- How can you ever lose weight if you never.... um.... get rid of waste. Enough said. LOL. Oh and also fiber helps weight loss. 25-35 grams.
5. Water it... and it will grow! - LOL seriously I have recently been drinking as much water as possible. The more water you drink the less you will eat to satisfy what is actually thirst.
6. Eat when you are hungry. Stop when you are satisfied... NOT FULL- I followed this rule 2 years ago and I seriously lost weight because I was not eating just because it was there. If I got hungry in 2 hours I ate. If I got hungry in 4 hours and started eating and quickly got full... I stopped eating.
7. IT IS NOT THE LAST SUPPER!!! - Seriously, sometimes we must remind ourselves that if you get "satisfied" in the middle of a meal, it is ok to STOP EATING!!!! It will be there when you get hungry again. And if someone is stealing your food.... hide it! lol!
8. SLEEP- the last time I lost weight and was really healthy I slept 7-8 hours a night. When you sleep your cortisol lowers, less stress hormone, less belly fat. You've seen the commercials! LOL- oh and I've oversimplified this. but these are the "rules" I'm going to use. :-D
9. Cardio + weights + flexibility- I am going to exercise WHENEVER I can. If it's a few squats while I am studying so be it. If its a 5 mile run while listening to a lecture... GREAT! I will do my best and then let it go. No point in focusing on how much more you could have done. Do your best and be done!
10. Believe, Act, Receive, a.k.a. You've got to see it, before you see it or you never will SEE it! - If you have no goal or can't even imagine how you will acheive your goal it is less likely that you will achieve it. BELIEVE you can do it, ACT- sometimes you have to step out in faith. even if you feel that you are too tired or busy to do another workout... workout anyway. because sometimes you have to do it whether you want to or not!, Receive it- If you refuse to give up you WILL eventually reach your goal!
11. Walk by faith not by sight- again... I trust God that the things I do are not in Vain. Every workout, ounce of sweat, tears, etc are bringing me that much closer to my goal. I have FAITH that my body is conspiring FOR me and that when I least expect it, my body will finally MELT the pounds off. and when that happens I will be SOOO proud that I kept the faith.
12. Exercise Early and often! The earlier the less likely I will get busy and feel that it is a burden :-D Because I actually LOVE workinf out... Endorphins are addictive!!!!
13. Never say negative things about yourself- YOUR BRAIN IS LISTENING!! ... and it believes everything it hears. So please, say nice things. you say you are a failure... and yes, you are a failure. You say, I am full of energy and I CAN finish this workout, eat healthy.... whatever, and watch how quickly your body listens to what you say!
14. ~*~There is no tomorrow~*~ Do it now, today, as soon as possible. You'd be surprised how quickly a day, week, month, year can slip by. You don't want the next 6 weeks to get here before tomorrow does... so If you want to eat healthy// workout/ relax/ pray/ write in your journal..... start right now, where you are. It's never too late to get started... :-) The time is NOW!
15.Love yourself now, forever, and always- We get one shot at life and I would hate to look back and realize that I've spent most of my life disliking the one constant person in my life! :-) You are beautiful, you are unique, and YOU DESERVE HAPPINESS. Deep deep happiness. Pure Joy that makes you look forward to each day
16. I, too, hate that people judge you when they feel you are a little overweight and I also dislike the fact that in my mind losing weight means "validating" their belief that you have to be 'thin to win' LOL

BUT... I also know that my happiness comes FIRST or at least near the top of my totem pole and as long as I know I have more qualities than just being "pretty" everything will be fine. :-)

*Bonus*- I will never never never never give up! AND I am going to enjoy this journey and learn as much as possible from every struggle!

  
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GONABFIT 10/29/2011 3:25PM

    I'm re-reading again! LOL. Maybe if I continue to read from now until New Years I can keep my tips in the forefront of my mind and reach my goals! Glad it helps you guys too

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DEREONGODDESS 10/19/2011 4:07PM

    This is such a great blog! Very encouraging and motivating! I need to read this daily! emoticon for posting this!

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LISSERLOU25 10/17/2011 4:24PM

    Thank you for sharing, this is great!

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ABETTERCHERYL 10/17/2011 4:11PM

    I love these!

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ASHWILLDOTHIS 10/7/2011 8:56AM

    Thanks for the tips. Always helps to reread stuff like this :]

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 10/7/2011 8:28AM

    Great tips! I need to practice every word of this.



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TAFODIL24 10/5/2011 7:32AM

    emoticonfor sharing these wonderful tips.

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LITTLESPARKLER 10/4/2011 5:31PM

    Awesome reminders!! emoticon

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IGUANA3 10/4/2011 2:42PM

  Thank you for sharing, enjoyed it!
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DRAGONFLY_RUN 10/4/2011 1:46PM

    Thanks... I needed to read this.

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Counting Cals to make the days COUNT!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Short Blog:

For the month of October I will be counting my calories and sticking to a limit. My net cal goal will be 1500 most days. I will change based on the weight loss I see. I did VERY good with my September goal of cardio exercise on most days. Joined the gym and have been active daily in some form or fashion. So I think setting monthly goals works well for me. :=)

October:
Count Calories.
Stick to set limits (discipline is key).
Make it to New Years weighing LESS than I weighed last New Years.
Eat 2 pieces of FRUIT and 2 vegetables each day.
Exercise 5 days a week. (preferably daily).
Lift weights twice a week.
Record calories, weight, exercise.

Let's Get it.
Gonna Make it Happen.

  
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NEFERITI 10/7/2011 6:13PM

    Sounds like a solid plan! emoticon New Years Here you come! emoticon

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LORETTA24 10/7/2011 8:50AM

    emoticon emoticon Your plan sounds like a good one. Your decision to document is a sound one. Trust that your positive attitude will help to make you successful in all areas of your life. Stay safe, find the joy in your day and keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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CYNCERELY4ME 10/4/2011 5:31PM

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CANDOK1260 10/4/2011 4:05PM

    sounds like you know what do and DOING IT

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ACCT1908 10/4/2011 1:52PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I only lose weight when I count calories. I wish I didn't have to, but...i do! You can do this!! Congrats on getting those workouts in with your schedule!

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Disappointed, but I'll survive :-)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Just wanted to vent real quick. But I'm going to keep it brief. Basically, I just got rejected. and it hurts... but I'll be strong, feel the pain, and get over it. :) At least he was finally honest enough to say what I had been thinking, he just wants to be friends... (he says "I just want to be friends... right now, you know until I figure out everything... all the things in my head. " OH and you know, he would prefer if I didn't date anyone else.... but he knows he can't control that.)

emoticon Um, get out of here. I may not be what you want. I may not be what you're looking for or light your fire... but I am not a toy. If you want to be only friends now, that's fine, but you'd better recognize, we will only be friends later too. I'm not gonna wait around until you decide to "settle" on me. I'm a good person and I deserve someone who wants me with no reservations.

So that's my rant. And I'm done. Off to shed a few tears and move on. Have a good night. :)

  
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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/25/2011 10:00PM

    Totally have been there. Moving on is hard but it feels so good when you finally do become indifferent towards this person. Any guy should be happy and proud to call you his girl. You're a real catch. Keep your head high. You'll find your sweetheart who will treat you like the queen you are!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/14/2011 7:57AM

    It is not the end of the world and as beautiful as you are, it is his loss!

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AGENTMNA 9/13/2011 8:15AM

    We've ALL been there!!! Keep your head up and NEVER settle. When he realizes his mistake, he'll be back (they usually always come back) but stay strong!!! I have a situation currently where Mr.'Let's Just Be Friends' has recently resurfaced...I think you said it best, "Um, get out of here." LOL!!!

Hate to quote Beyonce, but her lyrics seem perfect for your situation (sing it to that loser in your head, and he's definitely a loser because he lost out on you!)

"Thank God you blew it
Thank God I dodged the bullet
I'm so over you
So baby good lookin' out

I wanted you back
I'm so through with that
Cause honestly you turned out to be the best thing I never had
You turned out to be the best thing I never had
And I'm gon' always be the best thing you never had
Oh I bet it sucks to be you right now"

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP SIS!
---Reese.



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JOURNEII 9/13/2011 6:53AM

    I sending you a virtual hug. You are right you deserve someone who adores you not someone willing to settle.

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GONABFIT 9/13/2011 5:07AM

    Thank you ALL for your encouragement. I didn't expect such a response but I really appreciates all you Sparkies!

HUGS! emoticon

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LUSCIOUSJ00 9/12/2011 7:54PM

    Shooooooot, doesn't sound like HE may not be the one YOU want. More importantly, YOU shouldn't settle. Stay up and do you. Keep your head up and everything else is sure to fall into place.

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LILSHINE 9/12/2011 7:38PM

    Yes you're totally right you are definitely worthy! Hang in there and it's best that you know the truth now, than later. Hugs and know that there is someone out there just for you.

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/12/2011 1:40PM

    Aw sorry. Bravo on taking care of yourself. emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/12/2011 12:14PM

    Well-spoken and you are so wise. Stick to your guns on this one and you WILL meet the "right" kind of guy who appreciates you right now, for exactly who you are.
Let yourself feel the hurt and then move on, just like you said. The best is yet to come!
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FITGIRL15 9/12/2011 11:23AM

    Girl! Your blog hits home with me! Don't let any man (or woman for that matter) make you feel like a toy! Who do these people think they are?

You ARE a great person and you DO deserve someone that loves you, no reservations! Kick this jerk face to the curb and thank your lucky stars that now you get the opportunity to find someone SO MUCH BETTER!!!

But the tears first are a must! Get all your emotions out, healing will come, in time!
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SPARKLE1908 9/12/2011 9:56AM

    Yep..his loss for sure...you know you are worth more than being a "consolation" prize....he'll be the one living with regret!!!

I know you will move on from this..that is what YOU do!!!

Love ya sis!!
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MONIQUE1908 9/12/2011 8:19AM

    HUGS! And you are absolutely right about not waiting. Why would you want to be someone's option? No way. You are worth far more than that.

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RASCALSMOMMA 9/12/2011 7:56AM

    YOu WILL survive. Tears and pain go quick when you know yourself hon. HUGS until then. Laurie

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MARINEMAMA 9/12/2011 5:40AM

    Hugs....It is his loss girl.....

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CHRIS138 9/11/2011 10:54PM

    It's his loss. Don't let this take you off your path to your goal of taking care of yourself. emoticon

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LAMARY9 9/11/2011 9:59PM

    I'm sorry. Healing time. emoticon

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 9/11/2011 9:49PM

    I'm sorry! :(

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ACCT1908 9/11/2011 9:45PM

    Hugs......

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A day of recovery:

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I was on call from 11 am on Mon- 4 am Tues. So I slept in a little today and woke up and decided I could use today to relax.

I ventured out to Borders and took advantage of their 60-80% off sale. I bought 5 books and 3 audio books for $45. I have a book buying problem. lol I should just use the library more but I really like to own my books. :-) I also like the library. I seem to be addicted to reading.

As we speak, I am sitting on my recliner with my books and am going to take some time to rejuvenate my mind and prepare for the week ahead. I will be reading my fitness magazines and new books today, had a good cup of coffee and am letting my mind be free.

Oh and to update you, I stayed active yesterday while I was on call. I walked around the hospital instead of calling/sending an email and made a few extra trips back in forth for the exercise. In the span of a 16+ hour shift I'm sure I squeezed 30+ mins of walking in. (not to mention I actually counted more than 30 mins). :-D

Stay active my friends!

  
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TRACYZABELLE 9/7/2011 6:12AM

    I am trying to get caught up on responding to blogs that I have been "saving" for later-- I am on again tonight so I will continue then-- just about 125 saved to do!

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KJOHNSON011 9/7/2011 1:14AM

    wow great! im going to go 2 check out some things as well

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NELLIEC 9/7/2011 12:38AM

    A combination of relaxing and getting some exercise sounds great!

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